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After Dark in the Park fall festival

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Kids ages 2 to 10 are still the target audience for the 18th year of After Dark in the Park, held in Arlington?s sprawling River Legacy Parks and Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd. The family-friendly three-day festival opens Friday and runs through Sunday. {{more}}
You?ll need the whole evening to let the kids experience the bounce houses, face-painting, karaoke and pumpkin patch along with enjoying food and drinks, playing a slew of games and participating in everything the event has to offer.
Committee members Steve Cavender, Jay Six, Sylvia Greene, Tammy Greene, Tommy Crumpton, Candice Roy, Laurie Hines-Ackermann, Elizabeth Marks and Armando Belmares are working hard on raising the bar for After Dark in the Park to make it the fall festival for families in the community.
?We are very excited about having food trucks for the first time this year, and we have some great ones to offer a variety of dinner options for families,? Cavender said. ?They are so popular, and we really feel it adds value to this already unique and engaging fall festival and fund-raiser.?
A children?s area features activities like the Pumpkin Roll Maze, Batty Bowling, Pond Hopping and Habitat Hideout. Between activities, stop and hear a professional storyteller weave a spellbinding web. Have something to take home by creating something clever at a craft booths. Or win a prize during a Walk on the Wild Side (think musical chairs).
There?s even a Little Gym where youngsters can play and have some gymnastic fun. Be sure to visit the Viridian exhibit to explore shadow animals. And discover fun facts about nocturnal wildlife along the Nature at Night Path, or get an up-close look at a live animal during Animal Encounters.
Have some fun by decorating your own pumpkin and entering it in a contest. Take a photo of your creation and send it to reply@riverlegacy.org by 5 pm Tuesday. Photos will be enlarged and displayed at the event. Guests can vote on their favorites, and grand prizes will be awarded various categories.
Proceeds benefit the education and preservation programs of the River Legacy Foundation.
Festival hours are 5 to 9 p.m. each day. Park in River Legacy Parks and catch a hayride to the festival entrance. Admission is $8 per person for ages 3 and up. Food and some activities require coupons.
A Star-Telegram Press Pass will save $1 on Sunday. Details at www.riverlegacy.- org or call Kristi Payne at 817-860-6752.

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